Intrust Super Cup: Rd 15 preview

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS v NORTHERN PRIDE
2pm, Saturday 20 June, Jack Manski Oval

Both of these North Queensland Toyota Cowboys feeder teams are coming off last-start wins, with the Blackhawks still having dropped only two games this season to sit alone atop the Intrust Super Cup ladder on 24 points.

Last weekend’s big win over the CQ Capras in Rockhampton was in contrast to the preceding grinding win over the Mackay Cutters, and the hosts will need to be on their game against the improving Pride (seventh place, seven wins, six losses), who had a strong 28-6 win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons last start.

The Blackhawks will be without the services of halfback Robert Lui and forward Glenn Hall, who are both in Canberra as part of an extended Cowboys squad ahead of Saturday's NRL match against the Raiders.

Winger Zac Santo and back-rower Kelepi Tanginoa will suit up for the Blackhawks, while the Pride are represented by Cowboys Hezron Murgha, Ben Spina and Patrick Kaufusi, the latter two joining the team after returning from Canberra as State of Origin injury cover.

Cameron King (Canberra) will also be missing for the Pride, as will Javid Bowen (shoulder injury).

EASTS TIGERS v MACKAY CUTTERS
2pm, Sunday 21 June, Tapout Energy Stadium

It’s fifth versus sixth in what should be a high-quality affair in Brisbane as the Cutters look to continue their surge towards the finals.

The Cutters (eight wins, five losses) are last-start winners while the Tigers drew with the Tweed Heads Seagulls in round 14.

The Cutters will be missing Cowboys-contracted hooker Josh Chudleigh (shoulder injury), but will have the services of Cowboys NYC talent Coen Hess, who impressed in his Intrust Super Cup debut with a two-try effort in the win over the Redcliffe Dolphins.